"... anticipated second volume is the after-party everyone wanted and more ..."
"American horror writers have been using Haitian themes in their work for decades, from curses to voodoo dolls to zombies. But what would a voodoo-themed story look like if written by a Haitian author?"
Well, hats off to Gary Victor for letting us see firsthand. Rounding out my top five is writer Brazilian author Roberto Causo's "Train of Consequences" another story translated by James D. Jenkins. Sergio Lopes is journeying by train on the proverbial dark and stormy night, when he notices something weird. Although he thought he was in the last car, looking out the window he sees another behind him, and makes his way there to check it out. In a seat on the back wall he sees a man "who looked like a high-contrast drawing done in black and red" and that the car is filled with people smoking, "producing strongly scented crimson clouds. That's not the strangest thing -- it seems that the man and the passengers in that car know not only who he is, but also that he'd been part of a crackdown on guerillas in Araguaia during the period of Brazil's military dictatorship that he'd been involved in torture and "summary executions" and more. As he's told, they know "everything" about him, including the fact that Lopes is plagued by memories that he "can't get rid of." Expecting that "someone connected with his victims" would catch up with him some day, he's sure that blackmail looms, but he's assured that it's not blackmail but rather "more like a business deal" he's being offered -- a Faustian sort of exchange that will allow him to forget. The question is, what is his end of the deal to be? As the editors state, this is a story that is "as timely as ever," given Brazil's political situation.